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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am head over heels in love with my school! James Madison University has my heart. I have friends who have gone to schools that have nationally and internationally recognized programs, and for a while that made me feel like less because although my school has really amazing programs and majors, none of ours seem very prestigious on the surface. However, I am reminded everyday why I chose this school when I walk through campus: we have the most spirited, community minded people in the world. I have been told countless times that at JMU we have the kindest people and that they have never seen so many people decked out in spirit wear on a daily basis. We bleed purple and gold! Every person I meet on campus challenges and inspires me to be the very best version of myself I can be because they all have such a heart for changing the world. At JMU I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to because I'll have the full support of all my peers and staff.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My first semester at JMU was really rough. During that time I really wished that I had considered going to community college first. However, my parents pushed me to try and make the best of it, and I knew deep down that I would not be happy at a community school either. I needed to get involved, and that is exactly what JMU helped me do. JMU is all about their students getting involved in things outside the class room. They have so much to offer outside of academics, and that is what helped me get through my first year of college. I met friends through different clubs and social gatherings on campus. Once I got involved in the community of the college I began to feel more at home, and now I cannot wait to go back to see old friends and make new ones, as well as continue to pursue the career of my dreams.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: JMU is the best. The people are nice, the atmosphere is welcoming and very inclusive. The food is superb and the teachers are wonderful. It has a family vibe to it- everyone looks out for each other. I would definitely choose JMU all over again

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: JMU is one of the friendliest colleges in the US. People are down to earth, looking to have fun, looking to learn, and most importantly looking to make a difference in the world. Never want to leave JMU!

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My college is full of nice students and wonderful teachers. I would not choose to receive my education anywhere else. I have made lifelong friends and memories that I will forever cherish!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love JMU so much! The energy, the environment, the people and the campus is just amazing! Even though it is a big university there is such a good sense of community there.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I didn't visit as many colleges as I probably should have, but deep inside of me I've known that I was destined to attend JMU for years now. It is an absolutely amazing community shared by compassionate, intelligent, and driven individuals. JMU is quite unique because it's a school that I have never heard stories about bad experiences, or any general dislike for the school. From what I can see, everyone is proud and excited to be a Duke!

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: James Madison University has provided me with an indescribable experience. From the friendly environment amongst fellow peers and the staff to the breath-taking campus, I truly never thought I would love an institution as much as I love JMU.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the fact that everyone is so helpful and kind. I have never felt out of place at JMU, and everyone is helpful and accepting.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: JMU's campus has a very positive and friendly atmosphere. The school has unique traditions and a lot of opportunities to get involved. If I had the chance to do it all over, I would still pick JMU!

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is tons of off-campus housing located close to the school. Even close enough to walk to class.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Its fun to go out with friends and hanging out. There wasn't always people getting super drunk.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few off-campus places that will let you pay with your school ID so it makes eating there very convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The university stresses important things like the honor code. This makes me feel better in class because I know people are being trust worthy when it comes to assignments and exams.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is a large variety of food on campus. The main complaint from most of my friends was there wasn't always healthy food available. Also, we had strict rules for using punches.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I'm still trying to get everything that I need and its really hard on my family.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus was great because I was able to be close to everything I needed. Even though I couldn't bring my car with me, I was able to take the bus off campus or walk when I felt like getting out. The Harrisonburg bus system made it very easy to get to places like walmart and the mall. My particular position on campus made it easy for me to get to multiple dinning halls, the student success center and the library within five minutes.

3 College Junior

Administration: Some professors will only allow you to miss 2 classes, some will allow you to miss significantly more as long as you're getting good grades and keeping up with your work. We're all adults, I like the second option better. The honor code is strictly enforced.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: The food has been and always will be quality.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: There were more hurdles to jump through than initially expected however I finally got my financial aid. I do wish it truly covered all my college expenses and didn't gain interest but such is life.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus gives students the ability to socialize with peers, come into contact with better opportunities, and in general further themselves as human beings.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Overall the food options are diverse and very appealing to hungry college students! My only complaint would be that there weren't a ton of weekend food options for students on the west side of campus.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid distribution at JMU is very time efficient and broken down into simple steps for college students dealing with financial responsibility for the first time. Even though the steps are made to be simple, if you have specific questions about personal financial aid, the office of financial aid was eager to answer those questions. The amount of financial aid given to me and other students was sufficient and reliably consistent throughout the school year in providing me with the financial resources I needed to be successful.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on JMU's campus is great in terms of close proximity to the classrooms you'll be taking classes in and the social atmosphere that comes with the dorm-life. The building that I lived in was really well kempt by the residential housekeepers and any maintenance issues were met within an exceptionally speedy amount of time. The bathrooms are fairly spacious and very clean depending on the style. The cost of living in the dorms at JMU is very reasonable and financially beneficial compared to many alternative off-campus housing options. The on-campus housing survey was very efficient in placing me in a location that I wanted to be in (I got to live in my top pick of dorm location!)

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The people in the offices are as helpful as they can be. Financial aid is just a pain in general and the office tries as best as they can to ease this process.

1 person found this useful Report
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JMU offers a strong community, with students displaying an overwhelming amount of pride. You'll find you will love this school simply because every other student carries that same love. This sense of spirit is infectious. Harrisonburg has been named the "friendly city" by students, faculty, parents, and townfolk, and it’s no surprise why. Each year offers unique experiences that keep you coming back for more. JMU might not be charmed with the best football team in college history, but with the overwhelming amount of pride and zeal displayed at each game, it seems the perfect team for a enthusiastic school.

One pitfall might be the lack of nearby attractions or activities to enjoy on a weekend night. This can result in a many people resorting to parties as their means of entertainment. While Harrisonburg is by no means urbanized, you'll find some of your best memories on the nights you spend with your peers. Whichever friend group you click into, you'll find a little piece of yourself on this campus.

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